0370 270 6000

Exchanging solutions

29 June 2012

The Government has launched a pilot website aimed at running more informed procurement exercises and increasing the number of SMEs able to compete. Firstly there are specific “challenges” posted on the website which ask for solutions to be proposed to a particular initiative. The Government would like to hear of innovative and valuable proposals from SMEs.

Secondly there are “themes” which are broader areas put on the site to allow Government to understand better how their sourcing strategies could work. This would include a company setting out how its products and services could tackle a particular issue.

It is good for suppliers to know that future tenders will be more specific and better informed which should lead to quicker and more robust evaluations. Legally, the Government will need to be comfortable with the amount that it allows individual companies to influence their drafting of specifications which could be seen to give that bidder an unfair advantage.

Related opinions

Cameras in convenience stores: a potential hornet’s nest..?

A convenience retailer has opted to install cameras (the “Facewatch” system) at a limited number of its English stores to reduce crime and protect its staff.

View blog

Covid-19 rent arrears – the questions that remain

The Government appears set to announce plans on ‘living with Covid to restore freedom’. With the success of the retail and hospitality sector key to recovery, what protections will be on offer to tenants to deal with Covid-19 rent arrears?

View blog

Handing back an empty shell of a building did not prevent a tenant from exercising a break clause

Break rights have proved a fertile source of litigation over the last few years. More often than not, tenants have found themselves on the wrong end of the decisions. However, a Court of Appeal decision yesterday has bucked that trend.

View blog

Relief for landlords as the Court of Appeal confirms that leases have been validly contracted out

One of the requirements for tenants to contract out of the security of tenure regime contained in the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 is that they make a simple or statutory declaration before entering into the lease.

View blog

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up